University of Wales Trinity Saint David Online

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David Online

University of Wales Trinity Saint David Online

Online & Distance Learning

UWTSD has a long history of offering postgraduate and research programmes through distance learning.

At UWTSD we recognise that attending lectures on-campus is not suitable for everyone. Which is why we offer a wide range of programmes that can be studied from the comfort of your own home – or wherever else you choose.

As an online/distance learner at UWTSD you will be joining a vibrant, international community of learners who come to us from all walks of life.

Most programmes will use a combination of new and traditional technologies including individual research and online tutorials. Once you are registered on a programme you will have access to our virtual learning environment (VLE) called Moodle. Depending on your programme you will have access, through Moodle, to a range of learning packages, a growing collection of specially created resources, electronic journals and e-books.

Learning through Moodle gives you:

  • Flexibility – a tool for stuying at times that suit you
  • Peer support – online forums provide a way of communication with other students and lecturers
  • Flexible learning style – a learning tool that can accommodate many learning styles, auditory and visual with the possibility of recording lectures
  • Learning reinforcement – you can revisit materials multiple times
  • Team and group work – Moodle enables peer collaboration on project work that can take place at a distance
  • Assessments – Moodle gives you access to ‘Turnitin’, a sector-specific, best-practice tool for submitting your work and recieving feedback

As a UWTSD student you will also have access to ‘MyDay’ via the university’s main website.  MyDay will give you access to Moodle, Library Services, Student Services, IT Help Desk, Careers Guidance, University Email, News and Events, The Students’ Union, Microsoft Office 365 and Online Storage through Microsoft’s ‘OneDrive’

You will at all points in your programme from introductory modules through to your dissertation be offered tutor support and guidance through group seminars (via online sessions), phone, Skype and email contact.

All students are allocated a personal tutor, usually the programme coordinator and will have access to a range of student services that cover induction and training sessions, IT help and support, study skills and various personal developmental sessions, delivered on-line or via distance learning study skills ‘surgeries’.

Distance learning provision is underpinned by the expertise of our teaching staff who are research active and regularly publish books and peer-reviewed articles, deliver talks and lectures at conferences or are involved as editors of various academic journals. This means programmes of study are based upon the research specialisms of staff, who can offer research driven learning and teaching.

How to Apply

UWTSD has a diverse postgraduate community. We welcome applications from all walks of life, whether you have recently graduated or have been away from education for some time.

Applications for all Taught Postgraduate and Postgraduate Research courses (Excluding PGCE Teacher Training) can be made through our online application form

Alternatively, if you are unable to complete the online application form you can submit an application by completing the relevant form below and returning it to our Registry Department.

Taught Postgraduate Application Form (2017)‌ For PG Cert, PG Dip, MA, MSc, MBA and MTh programmes)
Postgraduate Research Application Form  (For DBA, EdD, MRes, MPhil, PhD and ProfD applications)
2017 Postgraduate Referee Request Form  to be used in conjunction with the forms above.

In addition to the personal and academic details required on the application form, you will be asked to name two referees. Ideally your referees should be able to provide an academic reference but professional or personal (not family) references are acceptable for applicants who have not recently been in education, if you are unsure about obtaining a reference please contact the admissions tutor who will be able to provide guidance.

For further advice and guidance on how to apply, please contact our Admissions Team at

Advice for International students and students from the European Union can also be found in the International section of this site.

PGCE Teacher Training 

Applications for Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes should be made via the UCAS application website. For more information about the application process and to find answers to frequently asked questions, please visit our dedicated PGCE webpages